Services in Ireland
Health Service Executive (HSE) runs Ireland's public health and
personal social services. We all need to use the health service
at some point in our lives, but may not know where to start or
what help we are entitled to.
living in Ireland is entitled to certain services either free
of charge or at a reduced cost.
be eligible for public health services, you must be ordinarily
resident in Ireland. This means that you have been living here
for a minimum of one year or that you intend to live here for
a minimum of one year.
services are free to people who have a current Medical Card or
a GP Visit Card.
your GP decides that you need to see a hospital consultant for
a condition, you can be referred to a consultant in a public hospital
without any charge.
you are treated as a public patient in hospital, the only charge
to you will be a nominal in-patient overnight charge, for up to
the first 10 nights. Medical card holders are exempt from these
is a charge for visiting Accident and Emergency Departments, but
if you are referred by your GP or you hold a current medical card,
there is no charge.
expectant mothers are entitled to free Maternity Care and Public
Health Nurse visits up to six weeks after a baby is born.
in primary schools are offered dental checks and may be referred
for treatment. All children can avail of their required childhood
immunisations free of charge from a GP.
the back pages of this booklet, you will find contact details
for all the 32 HSE Local Health Offices in Ireland, so that you
can ask more about or apply for services.
information on health services and entitlements, call the HSE
infoline - Call Save 1850 24 1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
on health services is also available from Comhairle:
Lo-Call 1890 777 121, Visit www.citizensinformation.ie,
or call to Citizens Information Centres nationwide (see Golden